Uruguay: Retail Cannabis Sales To Begin This July

Montevideo, Uruguay: Pharmacies will begin selling cannabis in July to those age 18 or older, according to public statements made last week by government officials.

Sixteen pharmacies are already registered to participate in the forthcoming program, which will dispense cannabis provided by state-licensed producers. Retailers will sell cannabis to customers in five-gram increments. The initial price per gram will be fixed at $1.30 per gram.

Customers must be enrolled in a government registry in order to legally purchase cannabis. Sales to foreign tourists will not be permitted.

Government officials initially approved legislation in 2013 authorizing the licensed production and sale of marijuana, but have delayed the implementation of the law on various occasions since that time.

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, or Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.